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Today's News

  • Commissioners vote to keep strict roadside vendor regulations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners last week voted not to change the county’s regulations for roadside vendors but agreed to step up enforcement efforts.

    Though the county’s regulations for roadside vendors have been in place for years, Ted Adams, Brunswick County code enforcement administrator, said the recent influx of roadside vendors has forced the county to increase its enforcement efforts, which include a $100 per day per vendor fine for property owners.

  • Brunswick Community Hospital eliminates 18 positions

    SUPPLY—Eighteen employees have been laid off from Brunswick Community Hospital in recent weeks.

    Brunswick Community Hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said 15 positions were eliminated Wednesday, July 7. Prior to last week’s layoff, three leadership positions were eliminated the previous week—a manager, a director and a vice-president.

  • Shallotte man arrested for indoor marijuana grow operation

    SHALLOTE—Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have arrested a Shallotte man for an indoor marijuana growing operation.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, Marcus Charles Carlson, 23, of 1336 Oriole Lane SW, Shallotte, was arrested Wednesday, July 7, on multiple drug charges.

    Carlson was charged with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, manufacture marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Flowering cherries: Consider varieties that hold up well in our county

    When most people think about flowering cherries for the landscape, their thoughts go directly to Washington, D.C.’s tidal basin and the Yoshino cherries that herald spring each year.
    This generous gift from the Japanese government back in the early part of the 20th century makes a spectacular, if short-lived, show, but Yoshino isn’t the easiest plant to grow in our conditions. If you must have flowering cherries, consider several others that tend to hold up better in the heat and humidity of southeastern North Carolina.

  • Veal Marsala and veal piccata are quick, easy meals to prepare

    Veal has a unique delicate flavor that can easily be incorporated into pasta dishes, stir-fries or even casseroles that use ground meats.
    Some of my favorite dishes are made with veal, like veal Marsala and veal piccata. The higher cost of veal versus beef or pork usually determines when I make these dishes.

  • Ocean Isle Inn manager says staff, location make all the difference

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The friendly way customers are treated at the Ocean Isle Inn is one of the main factors in the resort’s success, manager Lee Shapiro says.

    The fact that it’s on a wide, uncrowded beach doesn’t hurt, either.

    Recently, resortandlodges.com named the Ocean Isle Inn the number one resort destination on the Atlantic Coast.

  • ‘What Made the Clock Rock’

    Songs that originally were broadcast live over radio airways more than half a century ago will be brought back to life in a musical revue at the historic Amuzu Theatre in downtown Southport.

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police crime reports.

    •Larceny and breaking and entering at the Ocean Isle Beach pier parking lot; a cell phone was taken from a vehicle.

    •Call for service on West Second Street and Dawson Street; a golf cart caught fire.

  • Employee lawsuit against board of education dismissed in federal court

    A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Brunswick County Board of Education by an employee who claims violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was dismissed Friday, July 2.

    Board attorney Kathleen Turner Kennedy said the lawsuit filed by Brunswick County Schools employee Lorene Williams was dismissed in federal court, after the board was granted a summary judgment.

  • Representative recognized as ‘coastal champion’ of Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Trying to be inconspicuous and spend a relaxing day at the beach with his family, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre ditched his usual suit and tie and opted for a T-shirt, shorts, sunglasses and a baseball cap.

    Yet despite his best efforts to blend in, beachgoers immediately spotted him and couldn’t wait to approach the congressman to personally thank him for his support in helping bring beach renourishment to Ocean Isle Beach.